Message sent from:




We intend to provide a high quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Our curriculum allows children to learn to sing and play, compose their own pieces, and listen to and evaluate a broad range of music.

We intend to develop our academy values through music by:

  • having the courage to perform in front of others
  • showing compassion to oneself and others when mistakes are made and evaluating performance
  • showing perseverance when learning to play an instrument or sing a song proves difficult
  • working as part of a team when composing pieces or rehearsing for a performance.


We teach music using the Charanga scheme of work. It is designed to fully meet the National Curriculum for Music across the key stages. In addition to Charanga, we use the Calderdale Music Hub. They provide ukulele lessons each week in Year 3.

We have whole school singing sessions weekly and a school choir who take part in community events regularly.

At the end of each term we put on musical theatre performances  - Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 perform at Christmas, Years 3 and 4 at the end of spring and Years 5 and 6 in summer. 


Children leave Burnley Road Academy having developed their own voice as an instrument. They have learned how to play the ukulele and a range of percussion instruments and experienced listening to and evaluating a wide range of musical genre. They leave with good memories of end of term musicals and the sense of achievement performing in front of an audience brings. 

Music at Burnley Road

Scheme Overview

The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson. The scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.

How the Scheme is structured

Each Unit of Work comprises the of strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:

  1. Listening and Appraising
  2. Musical Activities
    • Warm-up Games
    • Optional Flexible Games
    • Singing
    • Playing instruments
    • Improvisation
    • Composition
  3. Performing

Skills Progression in Music

Music in Year 3 is provided by the Calderdale Music Trust. Children have the opportunity to learn an instrument (ukelele) from a specialist music teacher.

Cultural Capital in Music

‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’

Ofsted School Inspection Handbook 2019


At Burnley Road Academy, children benefit from a spiral curriculum that builds on what they understand and know already. We believe that exposure, not only to culture but also to situations in which the children might not have previous experiences of, is of paramount importance to their ongoing successes with music.   All children will have the opportunity to sing, to listen to music, to experience musical instruments from around the world, to perform and to enjoy music. We recognise that music and learning an instrument is a gift that can enrich lives and can stay with a person throughout adulthood; therefore at Burnley Road, we provide children with the opportunity to learn an instrument in Year 3. As pupils progress through the curriculum, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and appreciate a wide range of music from their own cultural heritage and from other cultures.  Experiencing a range of music develops children’s wellbeing and cultural capital and we therefore strive for all children to have access to a range of musical opportunities. 

Hit enter to search